ELECTRICITY's Sparks Fly Again in Palm Springs
ELECTRICITY, the hit LGBT comedy/drama starring stars Terry Ray ("My Sister is So Gay") & Mel England ("Best Day Ever") returns to Palm Springs with upcoming show dates: February 6-8 & 26-28 & April 9-11, 2018.
This very unique immersive theater experience is playing inside an actual motel room at INNdulge Resort, 601 S. Grenfall Rd., Palm Springs, CA. The show beings at 7:00pm and runs 90 minutes with no intermission. Tickets at www.ElectricityThePlay.com Ticket Cost: $50.00.
Sex, drugs and booze make up the life of Brad Burke, while ex-seminary student Gary Henderson is so closeted that he hides his sexuality behind an invented wife. This unlikely pair hook up in a motel room after their 10-year high school reunion and it's a monumental clash of worlds that sparks an "electricity" between them that lures them back to that same motel room after each reunion for the next 3 decades.
ELECTRICITY is a very funny, sexy and surprisingly emotional journey through the immense changes that happened to the LGBTQ community between 1983 and 2013. It navigates a world where gay life was hidden in bars and sex clubs to one where equality might just be a reality--if Gary and Brad can only believe that they deserve it. ELECTRICITY received rave reviews for it's 11 week extended premiere in Los Angeles, it's return several months later as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival, as well as it's limited engagement at Oscar's in Palm Springs.
ELECTRICITY is being presented in what's called Immersive Theater. Immersive Theater puts the audience in the same space as the performers. Walls are gone between the audience, the actors, and the action.
The show is performed with an exclusive engagement at INNdulge. Each show only has 20 audience members. The experience begins in with a High School Reunion Reception in the hotel. The audience members check in to the reunion and are giving a character name. Then the audience is let into Gary and Brad's hotel room where they become a fly on the wall the play unfolds in the room.
It's a unique and unforgettable entertainment experience that will stick with you long after the evening is over. This is a limited engagement with a very limited number of tickets.
Performances are held at INNdulge Resort in PALM SPRINGS, a premier men's resort, however, the lobby and performance are separated from the resort, so the audience is open to men and women over 18 years old. Gather in the lobby 30 minutes before the show for Brad and Gary's 10th high school reunion party reception in 1983. You'll mingle with your fellow "classmates" before following Brad and Gary back to their room where the audience will have a one of a kind experience as the story unfolds around them. The path to and from the room will be private and out of view of any resort guests.
Playwright and veteran actor Ray, who plays Gary, said he wrote this play "to chronicle the journey that so many gay men who came of age in the 1970s and 1980s can readily relate to, the journey from a place where silence sometimes equaled death, to one where equality might just be a reality."
Off Broadway and award-winning indie-film actor England returns to the stage to play the party-addicted Brad. "It's always great to come home to the stage and this play is one of the most exciting I've ever worked on," England said, adding "It's so incredibly personal, and it's an honor to be working with Terry Ray so intimately with the audience right there -- it really is electric!"
Brad and Gary's story manages to be deliciously hilarious, heartbreaking and romantic all at the same time. It's surprisingly relatable--is the person you love the person you should truly be with? But the best surprise audiences have reported is how much these characters will stick with you, weeks and even months later. This experimental and groundbreaking series of engagements at INNdulge will bring an intimate number of audience members inside an actual motel room with Brad and Gary to witness their story inches from the characters in an unforgettable immersive theater experience. The evening will begin in the lobby as the audience becomes part of the high school reunion. Then, after they follow Gary and Brad back into the room, the audience will be flies on the wall as this incredible journey unfolds around them.
ELECTRICITY is produced by TMD Productions and MICHAEL DARNER, and is directed by STEVEN ROSENBAUM.
The show contains nudity.
For tickets and more information www.ElectricityThePlay.co
Terry Ray (PLAYWRIGHT / "Gary") ) is a veteran actor of? over 80 plays along side such stars as Dixie Carter, Elaine Stritch, Patricia Heaton?and Matthew Perry. His numerous television and lm acting credits include IN?LIVING COLOR, ELLEN, 7TH HEAVEN, THE MULLETS, KENAN &?KEL, THE AMANDA SHOW, DRAKE & JOSH, A.N.T. FARM, JOE DIRT?2, and the camp classic ELVIRA: MISTRESS OF THE DARK. Ray has co-?written and starred in several original shows including the multi-award winning?short lm GAYDAR with Charles Nelson Reilly and his new comedy series MY?SISTER IS SO GAY with Loni Anderson as his mother. Terry Ray is the creator,?writer and star of HERE! TV's sitcom FROM HERE ON OUT which also?stars Juliet Mills. He currently writes and co-stars with Dawn Wells (Mary Ann from GILLIGAN'S ISLAND) in a spoof of Dawn's classic sitcom called SHE'S STILL ON THE FREAKIN' ISLAND. Ray co-created/produced and wrote the new game show MODD COUPLES now airing on Hulu. He's also the co-writer of the 2017 TV movie THE JONESES: UNPLUGGED starring Mischa Barton, David Ogden Stiers and Markie Post. For much more info go to www.TerryRay.TV Terry would like to especially thank Michael Darner, Amy Rowell, Steve Rosenbaum and everyone involved in bringing ELECTRICITY to life.
Mel England ("Brad") Mel England has starred on Screen, Stage, Off Broadway, regionally & internationally. Most recently, in RON AND LAURA TAKE BACK AMERICA, winning Best Acting Ensemble, two Best Actor nominations, and the film (which he co-wrote and co-directed) won Best Comedy & Best Director, BEST DAY EVER (Winner Best LGBT Film, IndieFest), LITTLE BIG TOP (Netflix & Amazon), PERSONA AU GRATIN (Winner Best Comedy, IndieFest), HIGHLIGHTS (Best Drama Nomination, Moviefone Film Fest). He appears alongside Academy Award Best Actress Nominee Sally Kirkland in ARCHAEOLOGY OF A WOMAN and recently signed to star with Kirkland in LOVE ANONYMOUS. On Stage, he most recently appeared in the world premiere of FREDDY at the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles. England's solo-show SWIMMING WITH THE POLAR BEARS premiered Off Broadway and then toured to the UN Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen and the Earth Day 40th Anniversary on the National Mall. Off Broadway credits include HECUBA, MARRIAGE & IMAGINARY INVALID. Other notable productions: England's solo show NAVAJO MEMOIRS dubbed "Ingenious" by Backstage, Israel Horovitz's 3 WEEKS AFTER PARADISE (NY premiere), LUCKY MAN (Best Ensemble, NYFringe), A SHAYNA MAIDEL (Best Play, Denver), the original cast of Chris Sanderson's MIDSUMMER in NYC's Washington Square, and KING OF CONNECTICUT with Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
STEVEN ROSENBAUM (Director, original stage production) is an actor's director. As a frequent actor he understands both sides of the coin. He has appeared on screen in ANOTHER DAY WITH YOU, TAKING CARE OF HELEN, RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN, KIDS IN AMERICA, THE TIE THAT BINDS, SAM AND MIKE and the upcoming WALNUTS. In Los Angeles Steve has worked with respected theater companies such as The Open Fist, The Celebration, The Odyssey, The Pacific Resident Theatre and The Actors Forum. His directing credits range from a holiday show starring Amanda Bynes at the venerable Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, to the first AIDS play AS IS, to a play he also wrote called CHATTER, CHATTER, WHAT'S THE MATTER? starring Andy Warhol muse Holly Woodlawn. Other theater credits include THE MEMORANDUM, THE FLAUTIST, MARATE SADE, LESBIAN SEAGULLS, PATHETICA and AWAKE AND SING. Rosenbaum has won several Los Angeles theater awards for his work. For the past several years Steve has also been entrusted with "directing" the most special day in many people's lives as he coordinates and plans their weddings.
AMY ROWELL (Co-Director, adaption of staging for hotel production) has worked as a Stage Manager and Director in theaters across the country including: Ensemble Studio Theatre LA (House of Gold), Lyric Theatre (NUNSENSATIONS! NUNSENSE VEGAS REVUE & ANTIGONE), The Second City Las Vegas, Shakespeare Theatre Washington D.C. (AS YOU LIKE IT & MOURNING BECOMES ELECTRA), About Face Theatre (XENA LIVE! & WHITMAN) and The Apollo Theater Chicago (THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES). In addition to theatre, she also works in television production. Favorite credits include: EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION (ABC), ISLAND HUNTERS (HGTV), and RuPAUL'S DRAG RACE: REUNITED (LOGO). Amy is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association.